The author is a university student

Dont be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser-known failures below.

All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes. I originally compiled this list of famous failures for my entrepreneurship class. The class curriculum consists of each student starting a business. These famous failures were meant to give the class some comfort about failures related to their businesses and the challenges they faced as teenagers.


I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

Eventually, building your self-esteem will lead to self-improvement. If we become responsible for who we are, what we have and what we do, it will be like a flame spreading from the inside out.

When we develop our self-esteem, we have to take control of our self-discipline, our mission, and our values.

Failure is not the alternative to success. Its something to be avoided, but its also only a temporary setback on a bigger, more significant course.Everybody encounters failure at one point or another. What truly matters is how you react to and learn from that failure.

Arianna Huffington got rejected by 36 publishers

Its hard to believe that one of the most recognizable names in online publications was once rejected by three dozen major publishers. Huffingtons second book, which she tried to publish long before she created the now ubiquitously recognizable Huffington Post empire, was rejected 36 times before it was eventually accepted for publication. Even Huffington Post itself wasnt a success right away. In fact, when it launched, there were dozens of highly negative reviews about its quality and its potential. Obviously, Huffington overcame those initial bouts of failure and has cemented her name as one of the most successful outlets on the web.

Bill Gates watched his first company crumble

Bill Gates is now one of the worlds wealthiest individuals, but he didnt earn his fortune in a straight line to success. Gates entered the entrepreneurial scene with a company called Traf-O-Data, which aimed to process and analyze the data from traffic tapes (think of it as an early version of big data). He tried to sell the idea alongside his business partner, Paul Allen, but the product barely even worked. It was a complete disaster. However, the failure did not hold Gates back from exploring new opportunities, and a few years later, he created his first Microsoft product and forged a new path to success.

Walt Disney was told he lacked creativity

Walt Disney, born in 1901, is the beloved founder of the Walt Disney Company, quite possibly one of the most famed companies in the world throughout history. However, Disneys road toward success wasnt easy.

It was paved with a number of failures1919, Disney had taken a job with the Kansas City Star, the local newspaper when he was fired by the editor for lacking imagination and having no good ideas. Later Disney started a company called Laugh-O-Gram, producing cartoon animations.

With the help of his brother Roy, they formed the Disney Brothers Studio, which later became called the Walt Disney Company. The company was formed to produce animated films. However, it wasnt until 1928, five years later, when Disney created Mickey Mouse, when things really started to take off, but not before experiencing a number of gut-twisting failures and setbacks.

4.J.K. Rowling.


Quite possibly one of the most famous and renowned former-failures of our time, J.K. Rowling is the author of the wildly-popularHarry Potterseries of books. Born in 1965, she grew up with a tumultuous childhood that included a difficult and oftentimes-strained relationship.

In 1982, at the age of 17-years old, she attempted to gain acceptance to Oxford University. She failed and was rejected, instead enrolling at the University of Exeter where she received her Bachelor of Arts in French and Classics. After graduating from university, at the age of 21-years old, she moved to London to work for Amnesty International in 1986.

After London, she moved to Manchester with her boyfriend. The relationship was a very strenuous one, with reports of domestic abuse, resulting in a separation and eventual divorce. With only three chapters ofHarry Pottercompleted, atthe end of 1993, when she was atthe age of 38-years old, she moved to Edinburgh,to live with her sister.

At that point, she considered herself a major failure.. She was diagnosed with clinical depression and was suicidal. Two years later, in 1995, five years after the initial idea had come to her, she managed to finish the manuscript forHarry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.She located an agent, but after one year of trying to get it published, all12 major publishing houses had rejected herbook.

It wasnt until 1996, when a small literary house in London named, Bloomsbury, gave the green light and a very small advance of1500, only due to the behest of the owners daughter, that the book was published. In 1997, seven years after the initial idea for the young wizard, the firstHarry Potterbookwas published. By2004, Rowling had become the first authorto become a billionaire through book writing, according to Forbes.

Author: Syeda Aimen Azam